Students apply to the program during the second semester of their sophomore year. The following students are eligible to apply:
- Students who desire to undertake a significant year-long independent scholarly research project during their senior year
- Students who have declared an SIS major
- Students with both a major and cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above
- Students with second-semester sophomore standing (at least 45 earned credit hours)
- Those who have successfully completed SISU-206 (Introduction to International Studies Research)
Students participating in other Honors and Scholars programs on campus who meet the above criteria can also apply to SIS Honors. Transfer students who meet the above criteria are eligible to apply after they have earned 15 credit hours at AU.